THORNBURY, Gloucestershire

"THORNBURY, a parish, post and market town, in the lower division of the hundred of the same name, county Gloucester, 11 miles N.E. of Bristol, and 22 S.W. of Gloucester. It is situated in the vale of Berkeley, on the banks of a small rivulet, about 2 miles E. of the river Severn, and near the Gloucester railway. It is a polling-place for the W. division of the county, and a petty sessions town. The parish contains the chapelries of Falfield, Oldbury-on-Severn, Rangeworthy, and the tything of Kington Moorton, where the Union poorhouse is situated.

[Extracted from transcription of The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]. See Gazetteer link for fuller entry.


Thornbury is particularly well served by local groups who have created the Thornbury Roots website. Not only does this have extensive transcriptions of the basic records but it also include histories of individual buildings and streets. A number of direct links are listed in the subject headings below.

Archives and Libraries

  • Original source material relating to Thornbury, and other parishes in Diocese of Gloucester may be found at the Gloucestershire Archives.
  • Thornbury Museum - as well as describing the Museum's holdings, this site has a brief account of Thornbury, The Town - "The Historic Borough and Town of Thornbury".
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Church Records

The tables below summarise the extent of the registers of the main parish Church, St Mary the Virgin

St Mary the Virgin: Originals at Gloucester archives
Type Period Notes
Baptisms 1550 - 1995
Banns 1550 - 1995
Marriages 1550 - 1995
Burials 1550 - 1995
Draft Registers 1627 - 1647 Rough Registers and drafts
1684 - 1751
1775 and undated
St Mary the Virgin: Online sources
Source Period Type Images Transcriptions Search Notes
Thornbury Roots Free
1550 -1699 Baptisms N Y In individual docs
1550 - 1608 Marriages N Y In individual docs
1550 - 1699 Burials N Y In individual docs
Scribes Alcove Free
1737 - 1881 Baptisms N Y Full
1700 -1900 Marriages N Y Full Except 1719 - 1728
1700 - 1900 Burials N Y Full
Free BMD Free
1837-2011 Births, Marriages, Beaths Y N Full Images are of index.
Thornbury is in the ? Registration district
Find My Past Pay for details
Baptisms, Marriages, Burials Y Y
Ancestry Pay for details
Baptisms, Marriages, Burials Y Y
??? Baptisms, Marriages, Burials Y
  • Snippet from the parish register:
    "NB On Saturday March the Eleventh 1780, Bread was brought from Iron Acton to Thornbury, and sold at the following Rate: viz. Best Wheaten, Twelve pounds weight for one shilling, Best Household Whn, Fourteen (pounds) for one shilling. At wch time Bread was made and sold in Thornbury, at much lesser weight, at the same price." - ex. RRL, 1988.
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  • Thornbury Roots The local group in Thornbury has produced a very useful site. Specific links are given in various categories
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Historical Geography

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Probate Records

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  • U3A is a local society with a family history group
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